Summary: Great little camera. The best thing is the lens. 24 wide to over 700 mm tele in one lens, wow . . . the picture quality stays consistent though out the zoom setting. Does a decent job for the $$$.
Excerpt: - This was the best super-zoom camera for me until the arrival of HS20EXR. - Everything is perfect except for a slow-response but that is tolerable. - With proper handling and knowledge, you can't go wrong with HS10. - I can do difficult BIF, sports, low-light, macro. Name it, HS10 can do it. - For whiners, know your camera first before complaining. - It maybe slow in shot-to-shot delay and write times but that is tolerable.
Summary: The instruction manual leaves a lot to be desired. Jpegs are superb. RAW images show considerable distortion if you process them in anything other than the RAW File Converter application that is supposed to be supplied on the CD that comes with the camera, but wasn't. At least it wasn't if you're looking for the Mac version. I had to find and download the thing on my own. While it corrects the lens distortion, in all other respects, it is a mediocre RAW processor.
Summary: I've been using the camera for about a month now. As long as you are not expecting DSLR image quality or performance this camera is a good value. If you are the type who keeps the camera on "auto" all the time you won't get the best image quality. That said if you only make small prints or view your photos on a digital picture frame the image quality will probably be good enough.
Summary: just upgraded from Fuji 100fs. I like this camera a lot. Have powerfull lens, manual zoom, tons of settings, viefinder it one of the bad point, but dont use much, also manual zoom, kind of difficult. Macros habilities are superb. Auto modes give good results, just start playing with the manuals modes. I'm not a professional but like photography. I this it's good for the price and as bridge camera, nice features. Image quality seems good to me. recommended.
Pros: The HS10 has a host of usable features that frankly forced me to learn the camera, learn things that as a journalist for motorcycle papers I had not bothered to since I am primarily a writer. The more I learn the better the pics. Shot motocross today
Cons: Shutter lag compared to my film SLR, a lot of things to learn to master the image and light. SR Auto handles most when you're unsure. Write speed is a limitation. This is my first digital rig so I can only compare to SLR that is pop n go fast.
Summary: Overall I am very pleased with the camera. Battery use is the main drawback, it is very battery hungry! I did have to switch off the evf/lcd switch for the screen, it is too sensitive and switches when anything passes in front of it. The only other problem is the on/off toggle switch. When the camera is being turned on and off a lot, the switch sometimes doesn't work properly.
My personal pick of the "super zoom" cameras currently available. Not perfect, but VERY GOOD
24 October 2010
Summary: After researching the "super zoom", non-DSLR cameras I felt that some of this camera's features outweighed the areas where it might not have been the best in its class. Probably the three major advantages to me are the ability to zoom via the zoom ring (rather than buttons), the long zoom range with 24mm (equiv) wide-angle and the ability to shoot RAW format.